Leonardo and A2A acquire stakes in IBF Servizi
The JV between Bonifiche Ferraresi and Ismea is specialized in precision farming
Optimization of production processes, reduction of production costs,improvement of environmental sustainability and quality. These are the goals of IBF Servizi to improve the competitiveness of Italian agriculture. Born from a public-private partnership between ISMEA (Institute of Services for the Agricultural Food Market) and Bonifiche Ferraresi (the Italian biggest farm, owned by BF Spa), IBF Servizi promotes the development of precision agriculture, supporting companies in the sector in adopting and implementing innovative technological solutions.
The project is addressed to Italian agriculture and is now being strengthened thanks to the entry of two big hi-tech companies into the corporate structure such as Leonardo and A2A Smart City. Leonardo participates in the initiative through e-GEOS, a joint venture between Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency. e-GEOS is one of the international players in satellite earth observation and geoinformation. A2A Smart City (the A2A Group company) develops and manages technological infrastructures for integrated and networked digital services, which will bring its experience in the field of proximal sensors and in the development of narrow-band networks.
The initiative was presented today during the press conference "From the space to the earth. The technological leap for Italian agriculture", held in Rome in the presence of the Minister for Agricultural Policies Gian Marco Centinaio, with Raffaele Borriello, Managing Director of Ismea, Valerio Camerano, CEO of A2A, Gianni De Gennaro, Chairman of Leonardo, Federico Vecchioni, CEO of BF Spa.
Thanks to the expertise developed through the intense research and development activities of Bonifiche Ferraresi and ISMEA, IBF is today able to offer services that range from crops monitoringto the support of decisions for irrigation and defence against pathogens, up to the supply of prescription maps for sowing and fertilizing. These are a multiplicity of modular activities effective both on small plots and on large areas, allowing to meet the needs of a wide range of stakeholders.
"Investing in research and innovation to face the challenges of the agri-food system allows us to have a clear vision of the future, to be ready to respond to the growing food demand and, at the same time, to support the creation of a more sustainable mode of production from an environmental point of view", said Minister Gian Marco Centinaio. "The value of precision agriculture is a rational, precise and efficientapproach in terms of natural resources used and management of the factors of production, but also of other fundamental immaterial values such as ecosystem services. Such initiatives can contribute to the adoption and diffusion of advanced management systems and technical assistance in agriculture on a large territorial scale, projecting the sector in the third millennium for an increasingly quality and advanced made in Italy".
"BF Spa considers the equity partnership in IBF Servizi with A2A and Leonardo – after the one with Ismea – a perfect integration of knowledge and human resources dedicated to what today represents in Italy an extraordinary example of technological innovation applied to the agro-industrial supply chain", declared Federico Vecchioni. He added “precision agriculture is in fact able to represent the best end consumer’s guarantee of the quality of food products, also ensuring a rational and responsible use of natural resources. Furthermore, this farming management concept is able to turn innovation into a factor of competitiveness, common denominator of all the productive sectors, in respect of which today the agricultural sector is one of the best application examples".
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